Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane @ National Press ClubShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
In our city of a vibrant and diverse multiculturalism it is always good to be reminded of the insidious aspects of race discrimination and to be alert and aware of what can happen, and know how you’d act.
In his address to the National Press Club Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the Race Discrimination Commissioner , started with two stories of people who stood up for others being abused and vilified. Stacey Eden was on a Sydney train when a fellow passenger started abusing a Muslim husband and wife. She confronted the abuser and uploaded the footage to social media. Similarly, on a Melbourne train Jason Cias stepped in when a group of tradesmen began vilifying three women wearing Islamic headscarves. He was assaulted and punched in the face. His only regret is that he didn’t act soon
This was a considered address from a man of intelligent assessment who now sees the signs that we have a generational change happening on matters of race. That made clear with the last articulate and sensible question (a little long for the senior NPC scribes) from Radford College student Dominic Nguyen that brought applause and the beginnings of a new friendship between a youthful ambassador and the perfect mentor.